Solving Traffic: Wrong Problem, Wrong Results

What You'll Learn

  • Understand ways to engage stakeholders in exploring alternatives to standard traffic mitigation techniques.
  • Identify the underlying rules, warrants, performance metrics, design standards, and other regulations and guidelines that distort the conversation for transportation planning.
  • Understand lessons learned from leaders in the field of sustainable transportation.

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Left unchecked, traditional traffic mitigation metrics are perpetuating unsustainable transportation and land-use conditions misaligned with the goals of cities across the country and beyond.

California is coordinating a statewide effort to repeal the use of Level of Service (LOS) in its California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and traffic impact analyses. While well-intentioned, traffic engineering has traditionally attempted to measure and relieve the conditions that cause congestion and delay with standardized thresholds.

By prioritizing free-flowing vehicles, the practice has contributed to autocentric development patterns, often to the detriment of transit, other transportation modes, and land-use, urban design, and environmental goals. Even taxpaying car owners are misled into supporting expensive projects with short-term relief. Specialists in the sustainable transportation and development fields have a lot to share regarding opportunities and recent policy advancements. 

This course brings together highly informed perspectives to make the case that alternatives are desperately needed. Challenging the status quo is relevant to planners from all fields and all community types. Allowing traditional traffic impact metrics to persist as the standard practice distorts our priorities and misshapes our cities.